Samsung and Ciena partner to offer 5G network solutions

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Samsung Electronics and Ciena, an industry leader in coherent optical, routing and switching and analytics-driven automation, have announced that they have entered into an agreement together to deliver 5G network solutions to the market. This agreement enables Samsung to couple Ciena’s xHaul solutions with its own 5G solutions to support the next-generation of high-bandwidth applications and services driven by expanding 5G networks.

The company’s will collaborate to offer hardware and software solutions to telecom operators, enabling them to support the increasing volume of 5G data traffic at the edge and within an increasingly distributed 5G architecture. The new agreement between Samsung and Ciena is another step forward to enhance coverage worldwide, as bandwidth demands continue to increase, especially as 5G, HD video streaming and cloud services continue to be at the core of our daily lives.

“The current network architecture needs to evolve.”

Wonil Roh, Samsung Electronics.

“As 5G proliferates, immersive services like AR/VR and HD video streaming are becoming the center of our daily mobile lives. In order to deliver more powerful 5G services, the current network architecture needs to evolve,” said Wonil Roh, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Strategy, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung’s ability to couple our best-in-class 5G solutions with a leader in transport technologies like Ciena will give customers a solution to address this need, and do so with the confidence to scale and evolve their networks to support the future of 5G,” Roh continued. 

Validated solution

Samsung’s 5G RAN and core combined with Ciena’s xHaul Routing and Switching portfolio and next-generation Manage, Control and Plan domain controller will give customers an optimised offer that takes full advantage of 5G services, while providing efficient ways to manage massive data across networks and to the cloud. This will help accelerate the deployment of advanced applications enhanced by 5G, such as network slicing, IoT and automation through AI. This will give customers an optimised offer that takes full advantage of 5G services, while providing efficient ways to manage massive data across 5G networks. The combined offer will deliver a validated solution, providing more compatible, faster, and simplified implementations of 5G networks.

“Unleash the full potential of 5G.”

Matt Cook, Ciena.

“Together with Samsung, we’re fuelling the next generation of mobile connectivity to unleash the full potential of 5G,” said Matt Cook, Vice President, Global Partner Organization, Ciena. “As both companies are leading innovators in our respective spaces with strong customer bases for these portfolios, this powerful collaboration leverages our collective leadership to create best-in-breed 5G networks that are open, scalable and adaptive,” Cook continued. 

5G end-to-end solution 

The combined offer will comprise an end-to-end solution set including Ciena’s xHaul Routing and Switching portfolio, and next-generation MCP domain controller, and Samsung’s Core and RAN portfolio, including virtualised RAN solutions, baseband units and radios. The resulting solution set is available immediately.

Rachael Sharpe

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